Basics of blending modes

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The blending mode is a function that specifies how a layer blends with (affects) the layers below it.

Depending on the blending method, various effects can be applied, and subtle shades of color can be adjusted.


[1] How to apply a blending mode

One blending mode can be set for each layer and layer folder. When multiple layers are set to different blending modes, the displayed results will change based on the stacking order of the layers.

To change the blending mode, select the layer (or layer folder), click the upper left of the [Layer] palette, and select from the displayed menu.


[2] Layer folder blending modes

A layer folder’s blending mode will affect outside layers differently based on how it is set. Here, we will explain the different ways to set a layer folder.


<1. The blending modes of the layers in the layer folder are set to [Normal], with the layer folder’s blending mode changed.>

The blending mode of all of the layers will be changed.


<2. The blending modes of the layers in the layer folder are changed, with the layer folder’s blending mode set to anything other than [Through].>

The sum of each layer’s blending mode and the blending mode of the layer folder will be displayed.


<3. The blending modes of the layers in the layer folder are changed, with the layer folder’s blending mode set to [Through].>

The effects of the tonal correction layers and layer blending modes contained in the folder will be applied to the outside layers. [Through] can only be set when a layer folder is selected.


[POINT]

[Through] cannot be used when the layer folder is clipped to another layer. (It will be treated as if set to [Normal])


[3] Blending modes of a layer using tones.

In CLIP STUDIO PAINT, blending modes can be changed regardless of layer type (excluding the paper layer).

Furthermore, blending modes of layers using tones can be changed. However, as the type and status of the blending mode may produce unexpected results when printing, caution is required when creating images for that you intend to print.

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